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New NGO Guide to Mercury Pollution and the Mercury Treaty
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action October 19-25, 2014
Strengthening the Capacity of Pollution Victims in China
IPEN Expert Is “Voice of Reason” on Fracking at Helsinki Chemicals Forum
A Global Network for a Toxics-Free Future / Three Year Report 2011 - 2013

Agrees that DecaBDE flame retardant is one of the world’s worst chemicals 

Press release (Rome): A UN expert committee recommended the global elimination of pentachlorophenol – a pesticide used for wood treatment including utility poles. In its recommendation for the Stockholm Convention, the Committee cited pentachlorophenol’s persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range transport, and its toxic impacts. The Committee found wide availability of non-chemical alternatives that were much safer than pentachlorophenol. Governments around the world will decide on the recommendation in May 2015, but typically accept the recommendations of its expert committees. 

Press release: (Rome) The U.S. government is opposing international efforts to halt the global use of a toxic chemical, pentachlorophenol (PCP), used in the U.S. on wood utility poles, at the same time as a bipartisan group of New York state lawmakers are seeking a state ban, and a lawsuit, filed by a group of Long Island residents, charges that hundreds of new PCP-treated utility poles are causing serious injury to health and property values. This month, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services added PCP to its carcinogen list, saying that PCP is “reasonably anticipated to cause cancer”.

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some schools and preschools in Neapl are of high concern. 

In preparation for the 10th meeting of the Stockholm Convention's POPs Review Committee (POPRC), which will take place the last week of October in Rome, IPEN has developed a Quick Guide to IPEN Views on POPRC10 (English / Français). This document highlights IPEN's views on issues that the Commit

IPEN, Chinese and Czech partners have been working on a 2-year, EU-funded project called: "Strengthening the Capacity of Pollution Victims and Civil Society Organizations to Increase Chemical Safety in China. The Project includes public awareness-raising, resource materials, data generation, and case studies carried out in geographically and functionally diverse areas in three categories: metals, wastes, and chemicals.

The newsletter features updates from IPEN Participating Organizations on some of their work in the region, including from Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme (Czech Republic), Center for Environmental Solutions (Belarus), EcoMuseum (Kazakhstan), Eco-Sense (Macedonia), EDEN Centre (Albania), Green Balkans (Bulgaria), and Safer Chemicals Alternative (ALHem) (Serbia). 

Newsletters covering additional regions will follow shortly. 

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